(Manzanar) Architecture Double
By Andrew Freeman. Foreward by Matthew Coolidge. Essays by Karin Higa, Elizabeth Wiatr.
A richly illustrated display of history, memory, and the contingencies of remembrance, photographer Andrew Freeman’s (Manzanar) Architecture Double is a work based on mapping, tracing and recovering through photography the buildings which originally made up Manzanar, the notorious Japanese-American internment camp in California’s Owens Valley. At the end of World War II, the federal government moved quickly to dismantle the camp, selling off hundreds of the barracks buildings to anyone who would move them to another location.
But even though the camp itself soon “disappeared,” the buildings live on. This collection of images shows the current condition and location of many buildings used at the camp, and in the process expresses how man indelibly layers the land with history, landscape and architecture. As Matthew Coolidge, director at the Center of Land Use and Interpretation, writes in his forward, “Each of the buildings is an architectural face that speaks of the assimilation of this dark side of the American story. Each is an expression of the complexities of our national condition.” Freeman’s work helps us to an understanding of our own history.
Hardbound: 128 pp.